Bowl of Hygieia

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Bowl of Hygieia

Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Asclepius. Asclepius' symbol is his rod, with a snake twined around it; correspondingly, Hygieia's symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above it.

Usage of symbol by pharmaceutical associations[edit]

The bowl of Hygieia has been used as a symbol of the pharmacy professional at least as far back as 1796, when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy.[1] It has since been adopted by many more pharmaceutical associations worldwide, such as the American Pharmacists Association,[2] the Canadian Pharmacists Association,[3] the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia,[4] and the Doctor of pharmacy Association,[5] Conseil de l'Ordre des Pharmaciens in France[6] (where is written in law with an other symbol green greek cross[7]).

Bowl of Hygeia Award[edit]

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is an award given by state, provincial, and national pharmacist associations in the United States and Canada to recognize living pharmacists who "possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities," while "[encouraging] pharmacists to take active roles in their communities."[8]

The award was established in 1958 by E. Claiborne Robins, president of A. H. Robins Co. of Richmond, Virginia,[9] and first presented by the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association at its annual convention.[1]

In 1961, Robins's Bowl of Hygeia Award program expanded to Canada, and by 1967 it was being given by the pharmacists' associations in all 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all 10 Canadian provinces.

In 1989, American Home Products acquired A. H. Robins, and the company's Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories division took over sponsorship of the award.[9] (In 2002 AHP changed its name to Wyeth.)

Wyeth was acquired by Pfizer in 2009, and in 2010 the company transferred "all rights and responsibilities of the award" to the pharmacy profession as a whole. Today it is managed by the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and the APhA Foundation.[8]

State, provincial, and national pharmacists' associations now each select and sponsor their annual Bowl of Hygeia winners.[10]

The University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy, which is the nation's top ranked Pharmacy School according to US News, bestows a Bowl Of Hygeia Award each year to a single graduating student from the School of Pharmacy.[11] The student is selected by his or her fellow classmates along with the faculty members and is selected based on which individual most exemplifies the desirable qualities of a pharmacist[12]

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